Fall has always been my favorite season.  And, thought I know it isn’t fall yet, I can feel it coming and I’m already looking forward to it.

I love it when the leaves change color and when the weather cools and, call me crazy, I always loved going back to school.  Granted, the love for school usually only lasted for about a week or two, but I was always excited to go back.  Yep, if there are going to be changes in my life, fall is the time I welcome them, which is good seeing as there’s quite a bit changing for me.

Today, I walked my youngest down to school and said goodbye to him for the very first time.  I’ve been a stay-at-home mom since my oldest was born, and I’d walked him down and said goodbye for the first time four years ago.  But today is different.  Today is the first time in nine years I’ve had a quiet house for more than just a couple hours at a time.   And, I must admit, it’s a rather liberating feeling.

Also changing for me right now—genres.  I just finished and submitted the follow-up to Dragonborne so now I’m back in Ink’s world writing Nikki’s story.  She’s Izzy’s sister and the reason I made up the world.  I actually started with Nikki and Isaac before Izzy, but was a little side-tracked when I realized what a fantastic person Izzy was.  Not that I regret the diversion, but it is nice to get back to the original story.  It delves more into the world Nikki and Izzy should’ve been raise in and deals with the magic and the corruption that was touched on in Ink.  So it’s been quite a switch from the political-strategic tone I’ve been writing for the past couple of months.

I love fantasy and it will always be near and dear to my heart but this, this is better.  I love how dark you can get in paranormal.  Though everything I write tends to be a little on the dark side, Nikki’s story is the darkest I’ve written.  And the reason I love that so much is because it makes the rays of light that much brighter.  When you live in a world of corruption, it makes those who aren’t that much more special.  And when you’re surrounded by cowards, it makes selfless and heroic actions that much more dear.  And those characters are always fun to write.

What about you?  Do you have a favorite season?  A favorite genre?  Are you going through a period of change right now?

5 Responses to “Changes”
  1. I’ve always loved fall. It’s been my favorite time of year for as long as I can remember. When the weather turns cool and the leaves start to fill the sky and cover the ground, my thoughts *always* tilt a little Sleepy Hollow. Hadn’t happened yet. It was 87 degrees in the shade where I live today! But soon, very soon I’ll be popping my favorite Ichabod Crane into my DVD player (guess which one that is;>)

    • chandraryan says:

      We aren’t there yet, either. I think it was in the low 90s today here. But with the kids starting school, it feels like it should be fall. I know it’s coming and that makes me so happy. Expecting the winter after it, though, is no fun.

  2. Suzanne Rock says:

    I love the fall, too. I always look forward to the cooler weather and the leaves changing colors on the trees (I love in New England). I love hiking, and for me, fall is the perfect time of year for that. Between apple picking, corn mazes, all of the pies and pumpkins… New England really shines in the fall. It’s one of the best parts about living in this little section of the world. 😉

    • chandraryan says:

      It’s a goal of mine to make it to New England one of these years after the leaves change. You’re so lucky to see it every year 🙂 Yesterday it hit me that I was in the mood to bake something that has pumpkin and cinnamon in it. I know it’s crazy ’cause it’s still summer outside, but it would make the house smell like fall.

  3. Suzanne Rock says:

    If you are ever in the area, let me know and we can get together. 😀 Fall is really great in New England. And you know, there must be something in the air, because I was thinking “I’d love some pumpkin pie.” just the other day. 🙂

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